[AI] Aid for visually-challenged Nalgonda-based IIT topper

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Sun Jun 8 05:51:42 EDT 2008

The Hindu: Front Page: 
Online edition of India's National Newspaper
      Sunday, Jun 08, 2008
     Aid for visually-challenged Nalgonda-based IIT topper 
      Special Correspondent 
      Rapolu Ratan Kumar 
      HYDERABAD: The travails of an IIT topper ended on Saturday when the State 
      government offered to meet the entire expenditure for his professional 
      education and released Rs. 40,000 towards tuition fee, to begin with.
      Rapolu Ratan Kumar (17) is a visually-challenged student from Miryalaguda 
      in Nalgonda district belonging to a backward community. He secured the 
      first rank in IIT-JEE 2008 in the physically-challenged category and plans 
      to opt for IIT Mumbai.
      A cheque for Rs. 40,000 was handed over to Ratan by Minister for Disabled 
      Welfare N. Rajyalakshmi in the presence of his parents and officials, at a 
      press conference in the Secretariat on Saturday. The government has 
      extended assistance on learning about Ratan’s plight from reports in the 
      Ratan bagged 116th rank in EAMCET and scored 935 out of 1,000 marks in 
      Intermediate and 561 out of 600 in SSC (Miryalaguda).
      Ratan said he suffered from poor vision (50 per cent), a disability which 
      did not allow him to read books beyond seven hours a day. 
      Yet, he worked for more than 10 hours a day and completed SSC in Telugu 
      medium. The department’s munificent gesture had come like a bolt from the 
      blue, he said.
      Free coaching 
      The Minister said the parental upper income limit for reimbursing tuition 
      fee in case of disabled students had been raised from Rs. 12,000 to Rs one 
      lakh per annum. She said free coaching would be offered to disabled 
      students appearing for Group I & II services and other competitive exams. 


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